Archaeologists have uncovered a lead tablet while excavating an ancient Roman mansion. Once deciphered, scholars found a curse, though to be written by a woman, against a man, reports Catholics Online.
According to the inscription, a woman named Kyrilla invokes six different gods from various religions to curse a man named Iennys, against whom she is worried about engaging in a legal dispute.
Translated, part of the curse reads, "I strike and strike down and nail down the tongue, the eyes, the wrath, the ire, the anger, the procrastination, the opposition of Iennys. [May] he in no way oppose, so that he say or perform nothing adverse to Kyrilla . but rather that Iennys, whom the womb bore, be subject to her..."
Kyrilla's curse against Iennys covers all the bases, invoking the power of six gods from four religions. Four Greek gods, one Babylonian, and one Gnostic -(Abraxas) from an early Christian heresy. According to scholars, the text also invokes words that were considered powerful in ancient Jewish tradition.
The tablet was placed in a room, likely that used by Iennys in some capacity, and was intended to prevent him from speaking against Kyrilla.